Friday, December 15, 2017

Event Update For 2017-12-14

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-14 - Unknown 'gas smell' evacuates gym in Hamden (Connecticut), 3 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A gym in Hamden was evacuated on Thursday after patrons said they could smell natural gas. The Edge Fitness was evacuated around 2:30 p.m. Hamden Fire Department crews were called to the scene to investigate. Meters used to determine natural gas levels in the area reported nothing measurable, according to Gary Merwede of Hamden Fire. Officials do not know yet exactly where the smell was coming from."

Note: Well yeah, they're using natural gas detectors, and those are going to register nothing when it's hydrogen sulfide. The same thing happened the day prior in Stark County and Canton (Ohio), mentioned in the 2017-12-13 update, and the day before that in Los Altos (California), mentioned in the 2017-12-12 update. This is happening regularly now...

2017-12-14 - Mysterious explosion occurs, again, off the coast of West Bengal (India):

Quote: "A mysterious explosion was heard in West Bengal's coastal town Digha on Thursday afternoon, triggering panic among tourists and residents, police said."

Quote: "A couple of loud explosions were heard off the coast in Digha on August 26 that shattered window panes of some seaside hotels and cracked a few walls."

2017-12-14 - Underground gas line explodes and burns, blows street apart, in Kingfisher (Oklahoma):

2017-12-14 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Amarillo (Texas):

Quote: "The fire that filled the eastern sky with heavy black smoke this morning didn't cause any injuries but burned multiple vehicles and started a pile of tires on fire."

2017-12-14 - Landfill fire breaks out, again, in Bhandewadi (India):

2017-12-14 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal Mayfield West (Australia):

2017-12-14 - Thomas Fire grows to 242,500 acres, now 4th largest fire in California history, near coastal Ventura (California), firefighter killed:

2017-12-14 - Ten houseboats destroyed by massive fire at marina on the Murray River in Moama (Australia):

2017-12-14 - Boat, vehicles, trailer and sheds go up in flames near the Fitzroy River in Pink Lily (Australia):

Note: These are the 1058th-1068th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-14 - Subway train hit by smoke in Toronto (Canada):

2017-12-14 - Tour bus bursts into flame on highway near Yong Peng (Malaysia):

2017-12-14 - Transit bus bursts into flame on street in Bhubaneswar (India):

Note: These are the 810th and 811th buses to burn in 2017...

2017-12-14 - Tractor bursts into flame while parked inside barn in or near Lamartine (Wisconsin):

2017-12-14 - Three semi tractors go up in flames at 2 AM while parked at business in Prince George (Canada):

2017-12-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Bruce Highway in Benaraby (Australia):

Note: These are the 2173rd, 2174th, 2175th, 2176th and 2177th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-14 - Street sweeper truck bursts into flame on I-675 in Washington Township (Ohio):

2017-12-14 - RV bursts into flame while parked at store in McMinnville (Oregon):

Note: This is the 630th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-14 - Pickup truck bursts into flame near Ridgeway Avenue and Holleder Parkway in Rochester (New York):

2017-12-14 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Nod Road in Clinton (Connecticut):

2017-12-14 - Car bursts into flame on US 322 near Shippenville (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-14 - Car bursts into flame on Folkstone Avenue in San Mateo (California):

2017-12-14 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 401 near Yonge Street in Toronto (Canada):

2017-12-14 - Car bursts into flame on Blaydon Grove in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Blaydon Grove, Grimsby. Thu 14 Dec 2017 21:03 (No:27001) Car fire. One hose reel and one BA in use. Due to electrical fault."

2017-12-14 - Car bursts into flame on Hughenden Avenue in High Wycombe (Britain):

Quote: "Thursday 14 December, 9.10am Car fire, Hughenden Avenue, High Wycombe. One appliance and crew from High Wycombe attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and gave first aid and oxygen to a woman."

2017-12-14 - Motorcycle bursts into flame at 1 AM while parked at apartments in coastal Limassol on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2017-12-14 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked on Baltzley Valley Road in New Philadelphia (Ohio), nobody there:

2017-12-14 - Four trucks and plumbing business destroyed by fire at 3 AM in Marion (Ohio):

Quote: "A Marion business will have to pick up the pieces after a huge fire overnight. Marion firefighters said the fire started on Catalina Dr. at around 3:00 a.m. and was still smoldering around noon. The building was the headquarters for Drain Pro, a plumbing company that an employee said had been in the Marion area for about 50 years. The business lost at least four trucks in the fire, with explosions happening as gas tanks and tires blew up."

2017-12-14 - Teslas and Tesla store go up in flames in coastal Malmö (Sweden):

Quote: "There’s nothing indicating yet that the vehicles started the fire, but that some vehicles did burn, according to the fire department."

2017-12-14 - Barn heavily damaged by fire on Broadbrook Road in East Windsor (Connecticut), 2 injured:

2017-12-14 - Brush fire breaks out on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland (Oregon):

Quote: "Portland Fire and Rescue said a brush fire on the bank of the Willamette River caused the smoke."

2017-12-14 - Brush fire breaks out along the Chippenham Parkway in Chesterfield County (Virginia):

2017-12-14 - Heating system bursts into flame at school in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2017-12-14 - Clubhouse destroyed by massive fire at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort in coastal Calabash (North Carolina):

2017-12-14 - Book store destroyed by huge fire in Tallahassee (Florida):

2017-12-14 - Silo damaged by fire on Chamberlain Road in Aurelius (New York):

2017-12-14 - Commercial building destroyed by huge fire at 1:30 AM in Shamokin (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-14 - Home damaged by fire just before midnight in coastal Norfolk (Virginia), 1 injured:

2017-12-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11 PM in Susquehanna Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Brownstown (Pennsylvania), dog killed, nobody there:

2017-12-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Beavercreek (Ohio), nobody there:

2017-12-14 - Home destroyed by fire on South Rumford Road in Rumford (Maine):

Quote: "South Rumford Road runs parallel to the Androscoggin River and Route 2."

2017-12-14 - Home destroyed by fire in Gastonia (North Carolina):

2017-12-14 - Home destroyed by fire at 2:35 AM in Cecil Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-14 - Home destroyed by fire just before 1 AM in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2017-12-14 - Home and shed destroyed by fire near Sturgeon (Missouri):

2017-12-14 - Historic mansion heavily damaged by fire at 5:30 AM in Hastings (Minnesota), 2000 feet from the Mississippi River:

2017-12-14 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire in Avondale (Ohio):

2017-12-14 - Apartment building damaged by fire just after midnight in Berwick (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-14 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Swissvale (Pennsylvania), near the Monongahela River, 3 injured:

2017-12-14 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Delray Beach (Florida):

2017-12-14 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Lanham (Maryland):

2017-12-14 - Deadly fire burns mobile home in coastal Knappa (Oregon), 1 killed:

2017-12-14 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home at 6:30 AM in Denver (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2017-12-14 - Deadly fire burns home in Montgomery City (Missouri), 1 killed:

2017-12-14 - Deadly fire burns home at 7 AM on Tecumseh Drive in New Miami (Ohio), 1 killed:

2017-12-14 - Deadly fire destroys home in Oxford (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2017-12-14 - Deadly fire destroys home at 7 AM along Pine Lake near LaPorte (Indiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "Firefighters responded to the call at the two-story home along Pine Lake around 7 a.m. and were met by flames and heavy smoke."

2017-12-14 - Deadly fire burns apartment building shortly before 2 AM in Reno (Nevada), 2 killed:

2017-12-14 - Vacant mobile home burns at 2:30 AM near Conway (South Carolina):

2017-12-14 - Vacant home burns at 11:20 PM in Binghamton (New York):

2017-12-14 - Vacant home burns at 12:15 AM near the Mississippi River in North St. Louis (Missouri):

2017-12-14 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 3:45 AM in Dayton (Ohio):

2017-12-14 - Two dogs have seizures and die after hunting near Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge (South Dakota):

Quote: "Lloyd Hodgin of Aberdeen had a friend visiting from Colorado with an 11-year-old, male black Labrador retriever and a 10-month-old, female yellow Labrador retriever. The Coloradan took his two dogs hunting Wednesday morning in a game production area near the refuge. The man returned Aberdeen, left one dog back and set out to hunt again with Hodgin and his dog. By that evening, the two Labradors began having seizures Hodgin said. He said the dogs died within about 15 minutes of each other around 3 Thursday morning."

2017-12-14 - College student drops dead in dorm room in Carbondale (Illinois):

2017-12-14 - Airman drops dead in dorm at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Washington), near the coast:

2017-12-14 - Man, 49, drops dead after shoveling snow in Royal Oak (Michigan):

Note: Birmingham and Royal Oak  have been getting hit by hydrogen sulfide, mentioned in the 2017-11-08 update...

2017-12-14 - Man, 42, pastor, drops dead in motel room in Oak Cliff (Texas):

2017-12-14 - Man found dead with submerged pickup truck in South Mayde Creek in Harris County (Texas):

2017-12-14 - Man, 23, found dead in submerged car in the American Fork River (Utah):

2017-12-14 - Person found dead in wooded area in Adamston neighborhood of Clarksburg (West Virginia), near the West Fork River:

2017-12-14 - Man, 42, found dead on Catamaran Lane in Ocean View (Hawaii), near the coast:

2017-12-14 - Woman, 40, found at the edge of Abiquiu Lake (New Mexico):

2017-12-14 - Man found dead on East Main Street in Rochester (New York):

2017-12-14 - Woman, 37, found dead at home in New Iberia (Louisiana), 920 feet from Bayou Teche:

2017-12-14 - Man, 40, found dead in shallow water in Jackson (Mississippi):

2017-12-14 - Woman, 21, found dead on coastal Toco Beach on the island of Trinidad:

2017-12-14 - Man in his 30s found dead in stream in Fossvogur neighbourhood in coastal Reykjavík (Iceland):

2017-12-14 - Person found dead along rail line near coastal Greystones (Ireland):

2017-12-14 - Man found dead in vacant building in Bristol (Britain):

2017-12-14 - Man, 18, found dead in the water near pier in coastal Blackpool (Britain):

2017-12-14 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane after departing coastal Darwin (Australia):

Quote: "TIGERAIR customers travelling from Darwin to Brisbane were delayed for more than 14 hours on Thursday after a medical emergency caused a flight diversion. According to a Tigerair spokesman, the inbound flight was diverted to Cairns after a medical emergency."

2017-12-14 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane after departing coastal Edinburgh (Scotland):

Quote: "Flybe flight from Edinburgh to Southampton forced to declare emergency after person falls ill mid-air The plane squawked '7700' while in mid-air this afternoon - Flybe has confirmed there was a 'passenger related medical emergency' onboard."

2017-12-14 - Man has 'medical issue', car crashes at bridge, in Dalton (Georgia), 1 injured:

Quote: "Investigators say a medical issue caused the driver to crash."

2017-12-14 - Small plane crashes near Valley Springs (California), 2 injured:

2017-12-14 - Small plane crashes in Ravensburg (Germany), 3 killed:

2017-12-14 - Small plane crashes into ocean near the island of Grand Bahama (Bahamas), man missing:

Quote: "The female survivor, who was pulled to safety in a basket harness by a US Coast Guard helicopter, was flown into Freeport, transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital and then flown to the United States for further treatment. A senior police official said the survivor was 'incoherent' and unable to speak with authorities."

2017-12-14 - Small plane crashes in Iguala City (Mexico), 2 killed:

2017-12-14 - Helicopter crashes in or near Tweed, Ontario (Canada), 4 killed:

2017-12-14 - Passenger bus and pickup truck collide head-on near Mbale (Uganda), 14+ injured:

2017-12-14 - Tanker truck blows tire, truck crashes off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-14 - Two tractor trailers crash on I-55 near Hamel (Illinois), 2 injured:

2017-12-14 - Tractor trailer blows tire, hits barrier, bursts into flame, on I-10 in Orange County (Texas):

2017-12-14 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on I-95 in Oakfield (Maine), 1 injured:

2017-12-14 - Pickup truck and car collide head-on near Hayden (Alabama), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-14 - Pickup truck veers off road, slams into home, in coastal Annapolis (Maryland), 2 injured:

2017-12-14 - SUV veers off road, crashes into store, in Brampton (Canada):

2017-12-14 - Pickup truck veers over centerline at 2:21 AM, hits semi head-on, near Filer (Idaho), 2 killed:

2017-12-14 - Car veers over centerline at 5:45 AM, hits fire truck head-on, bursts into flame, in Hunt County (Texas), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2017-12-14 - Car veers off road, drives through field, crashes into ditch, near Hector (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2017-12-14 - Naked man runs around along Quayside Drive in New Westminster (Canada), near the Fraser River:

2017-12-14 - Sea lion attacks and injures man in bay in coastal San Francisco (California):

2017-12-14 - Coyote snatches pet dog in Gardendale (Alabama):

2017-12-14 - Leopard attacks and injures 3 people in Uttar Pradesh (India):

2017-12-14 - Tibetan Mastiff attacks and injures woman on street in Zibo (China):

2017-12-14 - Bridge over river between India and China collapses near Gangotri (India):

2017-12-14 - Water main break closes Avent Ferry Road near NC State in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2017-12-14 - Man has heart attack while working in trench in Thetford (Vermont):

Quote: "A technical rescue in Thetford Thursday to reach a construction worker after an apparent heart attack on the job. It happened on Route 132 Thursday afternoon in a trench at a culvert worksite."

2017-12-14 - Man, 37, ship's chief engineer, has medical problem on ship near coastal Cádiz (Spain):

Quote: "An Italian crew member without mobility was medevaced from the 'Grande Nigeria' on Dec 14, 2017, about 12 miles SW of Cádiz. The chief engineer Jerez de la Frontera was in need of medical assistance. At 12.32 p.m. the 'Grande Nigeria' contacted the Port Authority Bahía de Cádiz to request the medical evacuation of the 37-year-old Italian."

2017-12-14 - Man, 65, goes out crabbing on boat, goes missing, empty 'ghost boat' found, near coastal Mukilteo (Washington):

2017-12-14 - Barrow, Alaska warming so quickly the computers thought the data was unreal:

2017-12-14 - Beaufort Gyre has collapsed in the Arctic:

2017-12-14 - Sea level rise may be double previous estimates, says study:

2017-12-14 - 2016’s record heat not possible without global warming, study says:

2017-12-14 - New science confirms that Harvey’s record rains were made much worse by climate change:

2017-12-14 - Eruptions at Sinabung and Merapi (Indonesia), Fuego (Guatemala), Kanlaon (Philippines) and Erta Ale (Ethiopia):

2017-12-14 - Volcano Kanlaon shaken by 1,217 volcanic earthquakes in 24 hours on Negros Island (Philippine Islands):

2017-12-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the Philippine Islands as Urduja strengthens:

2017-12-14 - Heavy storm and snow hit central Switzerland, 7,000 homes go dark:

2017-12-14 - Blizzard dumps 3 feet of snow on parts of Pakistan:

2017-12-14 - Weird sound like air raid siren heard in the sky over Alhambra (California):

2017-12-14 - More strange sounds heard in the skies over Mexico City (Mexico):

2017-12-14 - Fracking study finds low birth weights near natural gas drilling sites:

2017-12-14 - FCC votes to overturn net neutrality:

2017-12-14 - Trump’s mining regulator nominee was once dropped by the agency for doing junk work:

2017-12-14 - Exploding Head Syndrome affects nearly 15 million people:

Quote: "Exploding head syndrome (EHS) is a little understood medical condition that afflicts upwards of 15 million people."

Note: Not nearly as bad as what I was picturing!


  1. The Willamette is BACK!

    When you run into another vehicle head-on and your car bursts into flames, it's helpful when the other vehicle turns out to be a fire truck!

    College die-offs are proceeding apace!

    Exploding head syndrome sounds like an ear problem (or a PTSD effect). You sure find some strange stuff, Jonny! Good work!

    Security robot taken off streets after allegations it was harassing homeless people in San Francisco

    [The robot received a 2 minute minor for encroachment . ..]

    Eerie sounds heard in Texarkana, Texas skies

    [sounds like the wind, or traffic noise]

    Spontaneous human combustion? Man dies after bursting into flames in unexplained circumstances in London street

    [apparently, they haven't read JJFH]

    Saturday, 16 December 2017
    Sea ice volume in 2017 was record low - censored

    CENSORED* | 2017 had less sea ice than 2012 and any year on record

    Why Arctic sea ice has to be *censored*

    [Two ~ 4 min. videos and some text, charts]

    ISIS' weapons: From conspiracy theory to conspiracy FACT

    Weapons Went From The CIA To ISIS In Less Than Two Months

    The 5 stages of grief in te face of abrupt climate change

    Abrupt Climate Change-
    5 stages of grief and prepping for the future with Kevin and Sandy

    [another 2 videos from SBG's Kevin! This guy's gettin' popular.]

    Guy McPherson on American Freedom Radio


    The Russians tell the Americans to get out of Syria
    MAJOR: Russia tells US to leave Syria "Pack your rucksacks and go!"

    [more later]

  2. Nat'l Weather Service out of Memphis has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning for the Mid South today. Southeastern Missouri, Western Tennessee, Norhteastern Arkansas....

    Very high winds and low humidity. Ireland is also being hit by very high winds.

  3. Huge 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesian island sparking fears of a tsunami (UPDATE, VIDEOS)

    Thunderstorm hits areas of United Arab Emirates, hail blankets ground (VIDEOS)

    Mysterious explosion heard on the coast of West Bengal, India

    Meteor fireball filmed over Denver area

    New research suggests five different types of depression and anxiety each with its own symptoms and effects on the brain

    Interview with Adrian Raine: How to spot a murderer's brain

    In particular, the murderers' brains showed what appeared to be a significant reduction in the development of the prefrontal cortex, "the executive function" of the brain, compared with the control group.

    The advancing understanding of neuroscience suggested that such a deficiency would result in an increased likelihood of a number of behaviours: less control over the limbic system that generates primal emotions such as anger and rage; a greater addiction to risk; a reduction in self-control; and poor problem-solving skills, all traits that might predispose a person to violence.

    The question remains, however, that if these "biomarkers" do exist and exert an influence - and you begin to see the evidence as incontrovertible - then what should we do about them? [more]

    [oooh, (situational) ethics!]

    An American Beach Story: When Property Rights Clash with the Rising Sea

    Major quake or major eruption alert Kanlaon Volcano Philippines hit by over 2,000 quakes as solar wind and tropical storm Kai-Tak ramp up chance

    The current Coronal hole on the Sun has delivered 3 major quakes in the area in the last three day's with yesterday's major quake in Indonesia very close to Bali's extremely active Mount Agung Volcano.
     Kanlaon Volcano in the Philippines shaken up with 2,234 volcanic earthquakes in less than 48 hours.
    Three factors could cause a major quake or massive eruption: Tropical storm Kai-Tak in the area, Coronal Hole on the Sun's atmosphere ejecting solar wind towards Earth set to arrive tomorrow and the fact Negros' Kanlaon Volcano is so active at the moment. [more]

    [more below]

  4. Since the Civil War, half of Southern California's largest wildfires have occurred in the last 15 years as Thomas fire set to become the biggest ever

    It's the third major quake in 48 hours and it's a near miss for active volcano Mount Agung in Indonesia as Pacific ring of fire remains very active

    Financial Deathstar RISK

    As long as 15x leveraged BitCasino doesn't crash, this will all be fine...

    Melt-up to Meltdown:
    "Professional investors have provided much of the enthusiasm for the market. The Investors Intelligence survey, which gauges sentiment from investing newsletter authors, has found bulls outnumbering bears at around the same level as just before Black Monday in October 1987, when the Dow lost 22 percent in a single day." [more]

    More than 77k evacuated as deadly TS Urduja (Kai-Tak) drops massive rain on Philippines

    A slow-moving Tropical Storm "Urduja," internationally known as "Kai-Tak," crawled toward the Philippines over the past couple of days, dropping massive amounts of rain. Urduja made landfall around 06:00 UTC on December 16 in the vicinity of San Policarpio, Eastern Samar and is expected to re-emerge over the warm waters of South China Sea early December 18 and reintensify. As of early December 16, at least 3 people have been killed and more than were 77 000 forced to evacuate. [more]

    [last bit below]

  5. Greenland’s ice sheet is driving global sea level rise. One section is melting 80% faster.

    Greenland’s ice is hugely important for the planet. The sheet of ice that covers 660,000 square miles is more than a mile thick and has a volume of 684,000 cubic miles.
    If it all melts, it would raise global sea levels by 25 feet. On Thursday, scientists published a new map of the land mass beneath Greenland’s ice, showing that the ice is deeper than previously thought, so losing it all would lead to an additional 2.7 inches of sea level rise above past estimates. [more]

    [that clip from The Office is becoming ever-more prescient]

    Arctic permafrost thawing faster than ever, US climate study finds

    'Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025

    [I think they're grossly overestimating and their underlying assumption is astoundingly obvious]

    CDC gets list of forbidden words from Trump administration: evidence-based, science-based, fetus, transgender, diversity – “Are you serious? Are you kidding?”

    (The Washington Post) – The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.
    Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
    In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered. [more]

    [language police now? are we morphing into red china?]

  6. Deadly Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) dumps over 1000 mm of rain on Philippines

    "The slow movement of Urduja is leading to the excessive rainfall," AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said. [more]

    [more mega-precip events]
    Freak hailstorms engulf United Arab Emirates and Oman covering the DESERT in white (videos and pictures) – Heavy rains and floods

    A desert is normally hot and arid, with no water and rather very low precititation. So why the hell would it snow or hail in such regions? Well, today, parts of the United Arab Emirates and Oman appeared to be blanketed in snow after severe hailstorms passed through some of the countries located in the middle of a tropical desert. [more]

    Frequent fires can irreparably harm even the most resilient ecosystems

    a new study shows that repeated fire events can reduce soil fertility and carbon storage, negatively affecting even those ecosystems whose regular re-growth depends in part on wildfires.